By Kathy L. Collins

The current exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City features the beautiful artwork of Colleen Justin, a long-time Plant City resident and artist. Justin exhibits 11 pieces which show her versatile style.

Justin uses mostly oil and watercolor in her paintings. She is a well-rounded artist who chooses a variety of subjects including wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits of both people and pets. Justin said, “I enjoy all different subject matters. I just enjoy painting. It is very relaxing, and I am happy that I am now able to spend more time painting.”

For many years, Justin owned an art and framing shop. Being a business owner afforded her little time to paint. In 2004, Justin hired Von Watson to work in her store, and he inspired her to pick up her paint brushes, attend some classes and really start painting.

Now that the store has been sold, Justin has time to really hone her craft and create beautiful works of art. Justin is available to do commission work. She is currently working on a pet portrait. “I enjoy doing pet portraits as well as portraits of people.”

When Justin owned her shop, she was often asked to come to a home and provide consultation on the type of art that would best enhance a room. Justin uses this experience today to actually help create the art for those who want custom made art.

Justin is a long time member of the Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG). Justin said, “Being a member of EHAG gives you the opportunity to show your work at different venues and shows. You also get to meet other artists and share your work with each other. All of the artists are very supportive of one another.” Justin’s artwork is available for viewing at the Bruton Memorial Library, located at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City, through the month of August.

For more information, e-mail or 763-4821.


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